‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Sweet Shop. Other tasty delights for young tastebuds, the perils of gum and the knack of the whistle.

Apart from the delights mentioned previously, there were many others on offer if you had the odd penny, halfpenny, threepence or sixpence to spend at the local shop. The jars … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Sweet Shop. Other tasty delights for young tastebuds, the perils of gum and the knack of the whistle.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Sweets, Victory V Lozenges, Sweet Cigarettes and other delights we have lost over the years.

One of my earliest memories of my father is his returning home after work and producing what he called ‘magic’. That is he would pull out some sweets or bars … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Sweets, Victory V Lozenges, Sweet Cigarettes and other delights we have lost over the years.

Cup of Tea Tales’- Smells, Explosions, Mayhem, Madness and Teacher Baiting in the Chemistry Lab.

One of the new challenges of high school at Roundhay School was Chemistry. The thought of laboratories for a boy just leaving primary school was one of wonder and excitement. … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales’- Smells, Explosions, Mayhem, Madness and Teacher Baiting in the Chemistry Lab.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Chapel Allerton Methodist Hall, Band Concert and Riot.

Our band was becoming more accomplished and we had settled on the name ‘Atlantis’. Somehow we were building a reputation and I am not sure whether it was for our … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Chapel Allerton Methodist Hall, Band Concert and Riot.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Rock Climbing, The Cow and Calf, Ilkley Moors and My Older Brother.

Many of my teenage activities were both inspired by, and facilitated by my older brother, Andrew. I have no memory of how he got into rock climbing, but somehow he … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Rock Climbing, The Cow and Calf, Ilkley Moors and My Older Brother.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Roundhay Park Lake Adventures – Boating, Piracy and a near Drowning.

As a young lad I spent a lot of time in Roundhay Park and I have many good memories of the wonderful place. In particular, the lakes were an opportunity … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Roundhay Park Lake Adventures – Boating, Piracy and a near Drowning.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Coventry Capers – Why you should never take teenagers on outings. St. Edmund’s Youth Club.

As I have mentioned before, I attended St Edmund’s Youth Club for a number of years. Roundhay School also had a strong link to St Edmunds and I remember attending … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Coventry Capers – Why you should never take teenagers on outings. St. Edmund’s Youth Club.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Texas Grill, Coffee Bars, Pinball, the Jukebox and the Last Bus Home.

One of the first signs of growing up as a teenager was going into Leeds City with your friends and the place where you wanted to hang out would be … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Texas Grill, Coffee Bars, Pinball, the Jukebox and the Last Bus Home.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Clock, the Cellar, Rocket Fuel and the Paint That Never Dried.

Now, whilst my social life had taken over from any real attempt to learn anything at Roundhay School, there was more to it than just youth clubs. The regular meeting … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Clock, the Cellar, Rocket Fuel and the Paint That Never Dried.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – 24 Mile Midnight Hikes and First Real Concert at Lidgett Methodist Youth Club.

The youth club scene was really excellent from my experience and I think we probably enjoyed it at its best. There was always something going on and I have nothing … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – 24 Mile Midnight Hikes and First Real Concert at Lidgett Methodist Youth Club.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Opportunity Knocks at the Leeds Busmen’s’ Club with a ‘Fair Crack of the Whip, for the Guruts!’

Time seemed to pass really slowly in my early teens, but now it disappears in a flash. I think I am still waiting for that day when I will become … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Opportunity Knocks at the Leeds Busmen’s’ Club with a ‘Fair Crack of the Whip, for the Guruts!’

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Gledhow Lane Shootout, Band on the Make and other Youth Club Experiences.

After our initial foray into music there were only two things that I needed to do to realise my dream and that was to actually get a guitar and start … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Gledhow Lane Shootout, Band on the Make and other Youth Club Experiences.